Marley the Paw 04/94 - 06/09

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Sex: Female   Weight: 9 lbs.

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Marley the Paw Bonano; Smengy; Mountaineer Marley

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

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Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-cat rescue

April 27th 1994


drinking cuppa' from the bathroom faucet and sitting on her wool mat while looking out the front door

door bells, anything that interrupts a really good nap

Favorite Toy:
Mike - her human

Favorite Nap Spot:
the man-chair in the living room

Favorite Food:
salmon - anything - treats, canned food, dry food - salmon

opening the curtains, climbing, the whack attack


Arrival Story:
A friend called. A calico named Cinder had been brought back the shelter for the 3rd time. There was some concern that she'd be labeled anti-social and wouldn't be able to be placed. Would I take her for a bit - just as a foster mom - until they could find a permanent home? The problem surely was that the homes so far were filled with kids and dogs and other cats and Cinder needed someplace without the foot traffic and noise. So, off we went. And brought her home - wailing all the way as if I was beating her. She slid out of the carrier and under the sofa. And soon the only way I knew she was alive was by the absence of food in the bowl. My grandma kitty Mittens would sit on the sofa, moving as Cinder moved. Keeping her company. And after a couple of weeks, they slept together on Mittens favorite chair. We changed her name to Marley - as in Bob - and it's 14 years later.

Miss Marley has never been a social thing. She prefers limited if any visitors and really just wants peace and quiet. A few years ago Mittens passed away and Marley replaced her with my boyfriend Mike. She treats him like a boxing opponent, co-hort in crime and best bud. Besides me, he's the only other human she's fond of and that's okay. On March 1, 2009, Marley the Paw was diagnosed with cancer - she has a tumor in her mouth. She's currently undergoing chemo and treatment at the Veterinary Referral Clinic in Las Vegas. On June 1, we found out that Marley's tumor has grown beyond treatment. She is receiving fluids and daily treatment to make her comfortable. Marley passed away on June 9, 2009.

Forums Motto:
Never met a treat bag she couldn't open

04/27/94 - 06/09/09 All cats go to heaven.

I've Been On Catster Since:
February 1st 2008 More than 9 years!

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In even the most special of places bad things happen

August 2nd 2009 8:01 pm
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Be forewarned - I am writing in my own voice and not in Marley's.

Marley has died. It is a fact of our life and there are daily reminders all around us that she has passed on. Her voice, her personality, her spirit, are silent. I cannot write as Marley.

This is evidently an inappropriate act on Catster. If I choose to participate in some groups at Catster under Marley's name, I'm supposed to force myself to 'talk' for her. I can't. I never will. She is not here - she cannot speak.

And to find that now, after her passing, there is an expectation that I should speak in her voice in order to participate here - that if I want to offer support to others or continue communicating with some I have met over the past year I have to do so as Marley - well, it's cruel and it's wicked.

My family has suffered enough. We won't be violated this way as well.

So to those reading this appalled that it was written by a person and not a cat - you should have stopped at the first line.

And to our friends - I don't wish to be any part of something that would so actively harm those already suffering. Iwill occasionally check on you and if you send us messages we will respond. But I find myself incapable of spending much time on this site.

It's such a betrayal. This was the one place where I thought I was safe to mourn and a place I thought it was possible to find people who understood. And it's not.


Thank you's

July 25th 2009 7:16 pm
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For some time now I've been trying to create a thank you letter for each of you who were so supportive during Marley's illness and passing.

And each time I write it, I can't find the words. And as I make the list of everyone to thank - all the stars and rosette's and online gifts and online notes and snailmail gifts and snailmail cards - I just come to a point that I can't write anymore.

Maybe in time I'll be able to contact each of you or add a note here to you - but it's not that time today. Yet I don't want you to think your love and kindess were unwelcome or unwanted.

Without the consideration of our Catster companions, those last 101 days would have been unbearable.

Thank you.

Kate and Mike


Marley sends a God shot

July 21st 2009 3:30 pm
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Marley loved to climb and in the last year her favorite place to be was on top of the television in the bedroom. It was quite a trick to get there and when she would jump up to the top of the TV we'd call her Mountaineer Marley and applaud and give her rubs and treats.

This morning just was a sad morning and we were missing Marley and suddenly Mick jumped to the top of the TV and sat there looking around.

Now it could have been Mick the Jumper just finding the highest place in the room and we know there are people who will say that.

We choose to think it was Marley sending a God shot and saying - see - it's okay - Mick's here now. He'll take care of you.

So thank you Marley for the moment - it was really needed.

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